Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich Meltdown: Philadelphia Sandwich vs. Big B's Hangover
Thanks to Philadelphia restaurateurs Pat and Harry Olivieri, hungry meat lovers have been enjoying what is now known as the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich since the 1930s. The original sandwich was lacking the crucial "cheese" component, but that was remedied later with the addition of mild provolone (Cheez Whiz didn't make its debut until the 1950s but is now considered the quintessential cheesesteak cheese).
Ryan Jones Big B's Steak w/ Wiz all wrapped up pretty
Since then, the combination of fried steak and melty cheese on a soft roll has become a staple in Old Town Scottsdale's late-night diet with help from the 24-hour eatery Philadelphia Sandwich Company.
The sandwich institution, which sat at the corner of Fifth Ave and Scottsdale Road for the past seven years, recently picked up and moved to the giant space that once housed the shuttered White House club, next to the Dos Gringos on Craftsman Court.
So what took over their old spot? Another cheesesteak sandwich shop, duh.
Big B's Hangover is the new kid on the block, serving late-night hot steak and chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, and sliders.
So of course, we had to pit them against their predecessors.
May the best cheesesteak win!
In This Corner: Philadelphia Sandwich Company
Ryan Jones That's a good-lookin' sandwich!
The Setup: The 24-hour eatery has been feeding the hungry Scottsdale party scene since 2005. Their new location is over 4,000 square feet, complete with pool table, drum set, and plenty of inside seating. The late-night lines are still long, so be prepared when you get the counter -- that means you know exactly what you want and you have your money in hand. No exceptions.
The Good: The roll was soft and chewy, the meat was cooked perfectly, the onions were diced and grilled, the Whiz was gooey -- and it was pretty -- just like a Philly Cheesesteak should be. Plus, we're totally diggin' the new space. It's light and spacious, and super-clean.
The Bad: We couldn't really taste the onions; we could only see them -- and the sandwich as whole was a kind of boring. There wasn't much to complain about but that's because it was just wasn't anything special. And although the space is clean and huge, it kinda reminds us of a frat house. A really nice frat house, but a frat house nonetheless.